Proposal For Genuine Unity
Proposal for G/GPUSA Congress 2000:
Unity between the Greens/Green Party USA (G/GPUSA) and the Association of State Green Parties (ASGP) can be meaningful and long-lasting only if it is based on an honest assessment of the strengths of each organization. This means that the G/GPUSA should acknowledge work of the ASGP in organizing a national political campaign. It means that the ASGP should acknowledge that the G/GPUSA has developed a structure which can include state parties as well as locals, has a history of managing money in its daily operation, and has functioning national centers and long-standing relationships with publications. Thus, genuine unity should be based on the five points of agreements below.
1. The G/GPUSA will recognize candidates nominated at the June, 2000 ASGP nominating convention.
2. The merged organization will recognize a national campaign headquarters created by the ASGP June 2000 convention if it chooses to do so. The Clearinghouse in Lawrence, Mass., and the Green Electoral Action Resource Center in Chicago, Ill., will continue to function in their current capacity in the merged organization
3. The G/GPUSA and ASGP will merge using the current structure of the G/GPUSA, which includes every Green State Party, Green local, and interest caucus.
4. If a merger is completed prior to filing applications with the FEC, the new organization will handle all applications and receive all FEC funds; otherwise, the G/GPUSA will handle all FEC applications and receive all FEC funds.
5. In the merged organization, each dues paying member will receive a copy of both newspapers published and Synthesis/Regeneration magazine. Green Politics will be published by its current Editorial Board in Fall, 2000 and Spring 2001 and Green Pages will be published by its current Editorial Board in Winter 2001 and Summer 2001. By Fall 2001, Green Politics and Green Pages will be fused by including all current Editorial Board members in both publications and guaranteeing the expression of the full range of views currently published in both papers.
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